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(1966 'Arhoolie') (63:49/17) Vielleicht die beste Aufnahmesession von Big Mama Thornton.... more

Big Mama Thornton: With The Muddy Waters Blues Band

(1966 'Arhoolie') (63:49/17) Vielleicht die beste Aufnahmesession von Big Mama Thornton. In jenen Tagen spielte Muddy mit seiner Band in San Francisco, und Produzent Chris Strachwitz fragte, ob er vielleicht Lust habe, Big Mama im Studio zu begleiten. Ohne Probe ging's an die Aufnahmen. Unglaublich. 'Arhoolie' hat noch einmal sieben unveröffentlichte Fassungen und Songs ausgegraben. Ein wunderschönes Album, nicht nur für Freunde des Blues aus Chicago / This may well be her best recording session. Muddy Waters' band was playing in a San Francisco nightclub when producer Chris Strachwitz was looking for the right band to accompany Big Mama on her forthcoming record. Muddy agreed, and without any rehearsals they started to record. Amazing. Arhoolie has found seven previously unissued sides and alternate takes in its vaults. This is a wonderful record, a treat not only for the fans of classic style Chicago blues. BIG MAMA THORNTON - voc, MUDDY WATERS - gtr, OTIS SPANN - pno, JAMES COTTON - hca, SAMMY LAWHORN - gtr, LUTHER JOHNSON - bass, OTIS CLAY - drums.

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  • Interpret: Big Mama Thornton

  • Album titlle: With The Muddy Waters Blues Band

  • Label ARHOOLIE

  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0096297904329

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Thornton, Big Mama - With The Muddy Waters Blues Band CD 1
01 I'm Feeling Alright Big Mama Thornton
02 Sometimes I Have A Heartache Big Mama Thornton
03 Black Rat (Take 4) Big Mama Thornton
04 Life Goes On Big Mama Thornton
05 Everything Gonna Be Alright Big Mama Thornton
06 Big Mama's Bumble Bee Blues Big Mama Thornton
07 Gimme A Penny Big Mama Thornton
08 Looking The World Over Big Mama Thornton
09 I Feel The Way I Feel Big Mama Thornton
10 Guide Me Home Big Mama Thornton
11 Black Rat (Take 2) Big Mama Thornton
12 Wrapped Tight Big Mama Thornton
13 Gimme A Penny (Take 5) Big Mama Thornton
14 Big Mama's Shuffle Big Mama Thornton
15 Since I Fell For You Big Mama Thornton
16 I'm Feeling Alright (Fast Version) Big Mama Thornton
17 Big Mama's Blues (My Love) Big Mama Thornton
Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton with Kansas City Bill and... more
"Big Mama Thornton"

Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton

Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton with Kansas City Bill and Orchestra

Hound Dog

(Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller-J. Otis)

Peacock 1612

"They call me Big Mama!"  bellowed Willie Mae Thornton at her August 13, 1952 L.A. session for Peacock Records. She weighed at least 250 pounds and was one of the few artists on the label that actually intimidated Don Robey, the boss of Houston's Peacock Records and no shrinking violet himself. But that wasn't the eventual smash Big Mama laid down that day with Johnny Otis' band. That honor went to a rough-hewn, humorous blues supplied by young Jewish composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, whose Hound Dog made Big Mama an R&B star.

Thornton was born in Montgomery, Alabama on December 11, 1926, her father a minister. Young Willie Mae started singing in church, but by 14 she was on the road performing, joining Sammy Green's Hot Harlem Revue during the early '40s. When they hit Houston in 1948, Willie Mae made it her home. Competent on harmonica and drums, she made her recording debut in 1950, fronting the Harlem All Stars' All Right Baby for tiny E&W. Then Robey discovered her, pairing her with Joe Scott's combo and then Bill Harvey's outfit for her first two Peacock dates in 1951.

Otis pared down his horn-leavened band to only its rhythm section for Hound Dog, giving it a particularly lowdown feel and playing drums himself with Albert Winston on bass. Pete Lewis' snarling guitar winds around Big Mama's growls and cuts loose on a magnificent multi-chorus solo. The track held down the top slot on the R&B charts for seven weeks in the spring of '53 and inspired answer records from Rufus Thomas, Jr. on Sun (a hit in its own right, Bear Cat attracted a lawsuit from Robey) and John Brim on Checker (Rattlesnake).

Despite a string of excellent Peacock follow-ups that stretched into 1957, Big Mama never notched another hit. She moved to L.A. and made obscure 45s for Bay-Tone, Irma, Kent, and Sotoplay. Her fortunes finally brightened when she toured Europe with the 1965 American Folk Blues Festival and then cut her first LPs for Chris Strachwitz's Arhoolie label. When Janis Joplin introduced Big Mama's Ball And Chain to a new demographic, Thornton's profile increased significantly. It wasn't the first time a Thornton number did well for someone else. Elvis' rocket-fueled revival of Hound Dog with Scotty Moore's elastic guitar breaks paced the pop hit parade for 11 weeks in 1956. Ironically, Presley didn't pick up on Big Mama's original as cover material until he heard Freddie Bell & The Bellboys do it in Vegas.

Thornton's last few years weren't pretty. Dogged by alcoholism, ailing and poor, she was found dead on the floor of her L.A. boarding house on July 25, 1984 at age 57.

- Bill Dahl -

Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Thornton, Big Mama - With The Muddy Waters Blues Band CD 1
01 I'm Feeling Alright
02 Sometimes I Have A Heartache
03 Black Rat (Take 4)
04 Life Goes On
05 Everything Gonna Be Alright
06 Big Mama's Bumble Bee Blues
07 Gimme A Penny
08 Looking The World Over
09 I Feel The Way I Feel
10 Guide Me Home
11 Black Rat (Take 2)
12 Wrapped Tight
13 Gimme A Penny (Take 5)
14 Big Mama's Shuffle
15 Since I Fell For You
16 I'm Feeling Alright (Fast Version)
17 Big Mama's Blues (My Love)